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President Obama says he did not lie about supporting gay marriage, you just did not understand

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President Barack Obama is denying an account by a close adviser that he lied about his views on gay "marriage" to get elected president in 2008. In an interview yesterday, Obama said he didn't lie; it's just that he was misunderstood.

However, Obama admitted he supported government-enforced recognition of homosexuality, and "it was frustrating to me" that he had to "square that with what were a whole bunch of religious sensitivities out there."

Obama's close campaign operative and senior adviser David Axelrod wrote that Obama always favored redefining marriage but lied about it in order not to alienate black pastors and voters in North Carolina.

By 2004, when he ran for U.S. Senate against Alan Keyes, Obama said, "I'm a Christian. And so, although I try not to have my religious beliefs dominate or determine my political views on this issue, I do believe that tradition, and my religious beliefs say that marriage is something sanctified between a man and a woman."

"If Obama's views were 'evolving' publicly, they were fully evolved behind closed doors," Axelrod wrote. "The president was champing at the bit to announce his support for the right of gay and lesbian couples to wed."

In an interview yesterday, Obama said that Axelrod got it all wrong. He never lied.

"I think David is mixing up my personal feelings with my position on the issue," he told Ben Smith of BuzzFeed. "I think the notion that somehow I was always in favor of marriage per se isn't quite accurate."

But if Obama's views have changed, has his faith changed, too? Columnist David Harsanyi wondered why no one in the media asked about this apparent contradiction in 2010. "Why doesn't someone ask Obama what's changed about his Christianity that brought about this evolution?" he asked. "What's clear is that Obama isn't shy about pulling in religion when it suits his political needs. Christianity is a means of bolstering progressive ideals."